Celebrating community at the Alchemist Dinner

This year’s Alchemist Dinner, on September 16, 2022, was an occasion to celebrate the magic of the Colorado Academy community—the time, treasure, and talent generously given by its families, faculty, and staff. At the annual event, which recognizes leadership donors, members of CA’s planned giving Musil Society, and faculty award recipients, some 150 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception prepared by Sodexo General Manager Paul Worley and his staff, and they were enchanted by musical performances by CA students.

Erika Hollis, the Chair of the Board of Trustees, welcomed guests.

“Each of you has had a hand in transforming CA, our community, and the children we love,” said Hollis, citing the definition of the word “alchemy”: a seemingly magical process of transformation or creation.

Addressing faculty award recipients, Hollis said, “Our teachers, many of whom we are honoring here tonight, dedicate their hearts, their time, their wisdom, and their candor to our CA students every day. We know it’s often fulfilling, and we also know it is often challenging. We are so grateful for you.”

Thanking donors to The CA Fund and the CA Endowment, Hollis noted the transformational power of their gifts. “Your generosity ensures the future of our school, and it enables CA to support 18% of our families with financial aid—making us one of the most generous independent schools in the region. It funds the development of new playing fields, safety and security measures, and innovations in sustainability.”

Hollis introduced Head of School Dr. Mike Davis, “who is perpetually orchestrating the alchemy of our community,” she said.

Davis offered his own thanks to the attendees, who, he said, ensure the school never faces challenges alone. “You always step up, no matter what is needed. Because of you, our students receive an unmatched education. Our teachers get to experience rewarding professional development. Our campus has never looked better or been safer. This is all because of you.”

Highlighting donor-supported projects such as Newton Turf Field, Davis said he wanted to shine a spotlight on all those whose dedication and commitment make CA such a special place. He also called for recognition of CA’s faculty, who received a lengthy round of applause.

Davis then introduced Senior Clare Henry, who took the stage to perform “Practically Perfect,” reprising her role in last year’s Upper School musical, Mary Poppins. As guests sat back to enjoy the performance—one of several—it did, indeed, seem as if the evening itself was close to perfection.

Other student musicians included Junior Reagan Lane and Ninth Grader Alexa Lane performing a violin duet, and Sophomore Gia Lish, also on violin.